Over the past few years I’ve jumped in and out of so many race disciplines I’ve lost count. I was a runner first and foremost, but quickly developed a love for triathlon. From here, there were times when I focused completely on cycling, jumped into longer distance triathlon, and then circled back to just running. I feel this versatility has made me into a stronger athlete overall, but recently I have struggled to decide what to do next.
I’ve always been a proponent of training with a purpose. I feel working towards a goal event is the best way to stay focused and accountable, especially on those days when training seems like more of a burden than anything. The times when I haven’t had a purpose in training have been when I became burnt out, so deciding on a plan for at least the first part of 2017 has been of utmost importance to me. After much thought I’ve decided I will head back to Bend, Oregon on June 17th for the Duathlon National Championships. This will be my “A” race for the first half of the year.
Given my running background, as well as the time I’ve spent building bike strength, I believe duathlon is the best discipline for me to tackle right now. The National Championship distance consists of a 10K run, 40K bike, and 5K run to finish things off. My plan is to continue logging 70 mile run weeks while incorporating 5 days of structured cycling workouts per week. I plan to periodically participate in running races in the next couple months to test my fitness, and will start adding more specific “brick” workouts as I get closer to race day.
I believe this may be my best shot at ever winning an Elite National Championship, so I intend to throw everything I have into it. I’m fortunate to have some incredible resources this year which could help push me over the hump. Time to get to work…